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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Animal

by (author) Alexandra Leggat

Publisher
Anvil Press Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2009
Category
Short Stories (single author)
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781897535011
    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
    List Price
    $18
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781897535097
    Publish Date
    Mar 2009
    List Price
    $14.99

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In a style reminiscent of Raymond Carver, the stories contained in 'Animal' depict people on the brink of major life change. They stand at crossroads they are often oblivious to; they suck thick air in rooms filled with palpable tension. Leggat's characters often seem captured in a cinematic slo-mo, teetering on the edge of something unknown, heroically resisting the ever-present pull of Fate. It matters little whether the characters take action or refuse to act; life acts for them. The reader is left to wonder: when does "meaning" cease to have meaning? Like travelling a mountain highway at night, what's just around the next bend is never known. The stories in 'Animal' never fail to deliver potent surprises.

"I'm tempted to say it's a slim, distilled masterpiece." – Michael Bryson, Underground Book Club

"These quickly unfolding stories are elliptically drawn, tense with action and dark humour. Leggat is a shape-shifting writer" – The Globe and Mail

"This immensely rewarding collection is worth picking up" – eye weekly

Finalist for the Trillium Book Award

About the author

Alexandra Leggat is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, Pull Gently, Tear Here (nominated for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award) and Meet Me in the Parking Lot, as well as a volume of poetry. Alexandra works as a freelance writer and editor, teaches creative writing classes through Brock University's Continuing Ed Dept, and conducts writing workshops and seminars. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in Toro, Niagara Life Magazine, Celtic Heritage and The Globe and Mail. She currently lives in Toronto.

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